ITM to launch report on lessons of volcanic eruption

The Institute of Travel and Meetings will next month publish a report for the conferences and events industry on the lessons learned from the Icelandic ash cloud.

Volcanic ash cloud lesson report to be published by Institute of Travel and Meetings
Volcanic ash cloud lesson report to be published by Institute of Travel and Meetings

The ITM earlier this year launched a crisis management group – The Phoenix Group – following the travel disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud. 

The body is now in the final draft stages of a "Lessons Learned" paper, according to ITM chief executive Paul Tilstone.

The 40-page paper will be launched in November and highlight the role of contingency plans and greater communication with government bodies.

"You can’t plan an event and assume it will go ahead without any external hitch," said Tilstone. "You have to factor this in."

Vauxhall was among brands affected by the cloud and was forced to move its international conference from Hamburg to Birmingham in May.

Meanwhile, tobacco giant JTI postponed an event being held in Budapest as a result of the disruption.

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